Celebrate Earth Day 2022 With These Pittsburgh-Area Events
From free festivals to community cleanups, there are many ways you can celebrate Earth Day this year.
Earth Day began in 1970, with what many people would consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. According to Global Citizen, this was a time when Americans were using leaded gas in massive V8 sedans. The uptick in industry around the country puffed out smoke into the skies and sludge into the rivers, and air pollution was generally accepted as the stench of prosperity. A small price to pay for innovation.
A lot has changed in the more than 50 years that followed, and now, Earth Day on April 22 is observed in 192 countries and is considered to be the largest secular holiday in the world. To celebrate locally, Pittsburgh is “going green” with a range of events to get folks thinking about the world they live in — and to help make sure that world stays healthy.
Pittsburgh Earth Day
The city is kicking off its green celebrations with a free festival in Downtown’s Market Square on Friday, April 22. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can check out live music, an electric vehicle corner, activity booths and local businesses sharing their sustainable missions.
The Clinton Clegg Trio will headline Friday’s festivities along with the following artist performing throughout the day: Kelsey Friday and the Weekenders, Elias Khouri, Starling My Darling, Wave Trails, Evan Dean Band and Bindley Hardware Co.
Vendors will include Duquesne Light, UPMC Health Plan, Port Authority, Dollar Bank, Levin Furniture, Carmeuse Americas, Mitsubishi Electric, BikePGH, 412 Food Rescue, Penn Environment, Women for a Healthier Environment, Breathe Project and Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities’ electric vehicle corner.
Style412 x MuseumLab invites folks to a “swanky swap” hosted in participation of Fashion Revolution Week 2022. From 6 to 8 p.m. on April 22, folks can bring their trendy trash — that is, clothing pieces they no longer wear — to MuseumLab at 6 Allegheny Square East on the North Side for a community clothes swap.
The clothes must be gently worn and clean, free of stains and from a smoke-free environment. They also can’t contain rips, holes, missing buttons or broken fasteners. There’s a limit of 5-10 pieces per person for the main swap.
Clothing donations will also be accepted for the organization’s Free Store and extra fabric or trim for the youth fashion camp.
Wilkinsburg Walking Path Earth Day Launch
Wilkinsburg will celebrate the opening of a walking path with prizes, music and more. It’ll kick off at Park Avenue Park at noon on April 23, and run until 4 p.m.
It’s the brainchild of Health Start Inc., a Black woman-led public health organization focused on improving maternal and child health by reducing infant mortality in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
“We are excited for good weather and gathering to take care of the Wilkinsburg streets,” the organization said in its event listing.
Masks are required for all participants.
Saturday Storytime with Gina M. Munir
Every Saturday, Riverstone books hosts a storytime for children from 9:30 to 10 a.m. On April 23, there will be a special Earth Day storytime featuring anthropologist Gina M. Munir, who will share her experience with primates and read her own children’s picture book, “Siti and Cahya”, about a gibbon. The event will be held at the bookshop’s 8850 Covenant Ave. location in McCandless.
Masks will be required for all children and adults older than 2.
Multiple community cleanup events will take place throughout the Pittsburgh region on Earth Day. Among them is the Carrick Community Cleanup, sponsored by Carrick Community Council and 25 Carrick Ave Project. From 10 a.m. to noon, the event will take place at the Carrick Community Pavilion. Afterward, a thank-you party for all volunteers will feature music, games, food and fun. Equipment will be provided, and the organization requests that volunteers not bring their pets.
Another cleanup will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1009 Fifth Ave. in Beaver Falls. Sign-ins for participants and volunteers will open at 9 a.m., and from there, folks will be dispersed into teams and designated to their respective cleanup areas. Safety materials such as gloves and masks will be provided for those in need, and donations of PPE, water or snacks are also welcome.
All participants will receive an Earth Day ‘22 Spring Clean-Up shirt. Food and drinks will be provided after the cleanup.
Black Women, Green Future Earth Day Meetup
From 5 to 7 p.m. on April 22, light refreshments will be served at the Oasis Taproom on Broad Street in East Liberty to help celebrate the importance of Earth Day and climate justice for Black women, their families and their neighborhoods. This meetup is for Black women, femmes, gender expansive individuals and their friends and allies who are interested in learning more about environmental justice and climate action.
Franklin Avenue Earth Day Collab
Crop & Kettle and Uncommon Grounds Cafe are teaming up to prepare the Spring Street Garden for a successful season of growth and education. From 9 a.m. to noon on April 23, volunteers can visit the Spring Street Garden & Greenhouse in Aliquippa to help prepare the space for the upcoming season. Folks are encouraged to bring comfortable shoes and clothing for working outside, gardening gloves, water, sunscreen and bug repellent. Hand tools and other materials will be provided.
Lunch will be served immediately afterward.
Earth Week Open House at Reimagined Recycling
Reimagined Recycling has been rethinking the way Pittsburgh uses plastic from education outreach to material repurposing. Currently, it collects #5 plastics, sorts them by color and shreds them into a form that is easier to remelt and recraft into quality products. Number 5 plastics, also called PP plastic because they contain polypropylene, are the second-most widely produced plastic, used in things like yogurt containers, plastic bottle tops and more.
From noon to 3 p.m. on April 24, you can go behind the scenes of Reimagined Recycling’s operation to see how it all works at 1225 Larimer Ave. Visitors can also learn more about plastics and how to get involved in recycling efforts.